Staff Publications

Integrating Big Geodata and Technology in Evaluation: What do we need to know?

August 2020

eVALUatiOn Matters Second Quarter 2020

The article "Integrating Big Geodata and Technology in Evaluation: What do we need to know?" by Anupam Anand, Evaluation Officer at GEF IEO, addresses the application of big geodata, including satellite remote sensing, drones, and mobile phone-based technology, to the practice of impact evaluation.

Key Messages

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Health Co-Benefits of GEF Chemicals and Waste Focal Area (2019)

May 2020

This study is the first attempt to provide an account of health co-benefits associated with GEF interventions. Human health issues are part of the greater nexus of the environmental agenda and the work done at the GEF, spanning all focal areas. Due to limitations in scope, the study delves into a cohort of representative projects in the Chemicals and Waste (C&W) focal area.

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The Use of Remote Sensing Analysis for Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects in the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem

April 2020

Remote sensing has long been valued as a data source for monitoring environmental indicators and detecting trends in ecosystem stress from anthropogenic causes such as deforestation, river dams and air and water pollution. More recently, remote sensing analyses have been applied to evaluate the impacts of environmental projects and programs on reducing environmental stresses. Such evaluation has focused primarily on the change in above‐surface vegetation such as forests.

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Exploring the Socioeconomic Co-benefits of Global Environment Facility Projects in Uganda Using a Quasi-Experimental Geospatial Interpolation (QGI) Approach

February 2020

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has been one of the largest actors in the environmental sector, providing approximately $24 billion in grants, and marshaling an additional $107 billion in co-financing for more than 4700 projects in 170 countries. With the explicit goal of supporting international environmental conventions and agreements, a number of these projects have been subjected to evaluation by the GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) to assess their effectiveness in terms of environmental outcomes.

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Evaluation for the Anthropocene: Global environmental perspectives

January 2020

Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aromatawai Online First
New Zealand Council for Educational Research 2019

Author: Juha I. Uitto, GEF Independent Evaluation Office

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A Joint Evaluation With Lessons for the Sustainable Development Goals Era: The Joint GEF-UNDP Evaluation of the Small Grants Programme

September 2019


  • Carlo Carugi, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
  • Heather Bryant, UN Development Programme



Local, National, Global: Evaluative Evidence of Scaling Up the SDGs

April 2019


Juha Uitto*, Global Environment Facility

Indran Naidoo*, United Nations Development Programme

Background and Introduction

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Improving International Development Evaluation through Geospatial Data and Analysis

October 2018

International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research
Volume 5
Number 2: New Data for Geospatial Research

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Guidance on Evaluating Institutional Gender Mainstreaming

August 2018

This Guidance is the culmination of the collaborative efforts of UNEG members and was developed by the UNEG ‘Human Rights and Gender Equality Working Group'. The following members have in particular provided substantive contribution throughout the development of the Guidance: Sabrina Evangelista, Messay Tassew and Silke Hofer (UN Women), Laurence Reichel & Matthew Varghese (UNICEF), Sabas Monroy (OHCHR), Natalie Raaber (UNFPA), Pascale Reinke-Schreiber (UNODC), Dawit Habtemariam (WFP), and Anna Viggh (GEF).

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